HAVE YOU LOST YOUR PET?
If an animal is wearing identification or a microchip is found during scanning, attempts will be made immediately to contact owners. In many cases, an Animal Control Officer might be able to return a pet directly to the owner's home without bringing it into the shelter. Since collars can be removed and microchips can be missed, you should still look for your pet at the shelter.
Click the dog picture for a list of animals that have been found and brought to our shelter. The list is not guaranteed to be complete and therefore should not be used in place of walking through our kennels.
Found animals are not available for adoption because they are presumed owned. Only those animals listed on the pet adoption pages are adoptable. Any pictures that appear on the found pages are animals that were not claimed and have been moved into our adoption program after their legal holding period. Please check pet adoptions daily for updates.
REDEMPTION FEES: (additional fees may apply)
First redemption $15
Second redemption $50
Third redemption $75
Fourth and subsequent redemption $100
|HOURS FOR CLAIMING ANIMALS
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The fee paid to claim an animal from the shelter can be applied towards the cost of having the dog or cat spayed or neutered. Please plan to visit the shelter to search for your lost pet. Only you will be able to possitively identify your pet if it is not wearing traceable identification. Upon your visit we will also review reports of animals that have been found and are being held in homes.
Keep Pet Idetification Current!
If you have moved, given an animal away, or received your pet wearing the previous owner's identification, then your pet's identification may be incorrect and impossible for us to trace. Please keep your pet's information current.
What to do if you find a stray animal.
There are several options when finding a stray animal
A found animal must be reported to the Animal Care & Control department to assist owners who are searching for a lost pet. Anyone finding a stray animal may hold the animal in their home after filing the report. Those who are searching for a lost pet are shown these reports each time they visit the shelter. The animal should be brought into the shelter to be scanned for a microchip, but may continue to be held by the finder as long as a report is on file. Thirty days after filing the found report and having the animal scanned by our department for a microchip, if the owner does not claim the animal, the finder becomes legal owner of the animal.
How Long Are Animals Held at the Shelter?
An animal turned in by its owner is immediately the property of the city and may go into the adoption program pending suitability and space, may be transfered to a partner agency, or may be humanely euthanized.
A stray animal is held by the department for a minimum of three business days, the first day does not count if the animal arrived during business hours. Weekends and holidays are not considered in the count. For example, if your pet is picked up on a Wednesday after 11 a.m., it will be available for reclaim until 5:30PM on Monday. At that time, the city owns the animal and may then evaluate it for the adoption program or for transfer to a partner agency. The only alternative if adoption is not an option is euthanasia, so we hope owners will take the time to look for their pets.
If animals are wearing identification, owners are notified immediately and when possible, pets may be returned directly to their homes.
Adoption animals have no holding time frame placed upon them. As long as they stay socially and medically healthy, they may stay in the program until adopted.
An injured stray animal will be medically evaluated and may be euthanized to prevent further suffering prior to the end of the legal holding period according to the city ordinance.
3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.
12-5 p.m. M-F,
12-7 p.m. Wed,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1st & 3rd Sat.
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502
6 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon-Sun,
1 a.m.-6 a.m. Emergencies